Social Security Numbers
Social Security numbers are issued only to United States citizens, legally admitted resident aliens (green card holders), and to those required to have a number by federal law. Immigrating aliens generally secure a number after admission to the United States.
How to apply:
Complete the application Form SS-5-FS. If you are residing in Bermuda, you should return the completed form to the Federal Benefits Unit at the consulate. Be sure that you have signed the application exactly as your passport is signed.
First-time applicants must present:
*an original birth certificate;
*if born outside of the U.S. to a U.S. citizen(s) also submit the *consular report of birth abroad;
*Provide an original marriage and/or change of name certificate for change-of-name cases;
*A valid U.S. passport or green card.
All first-time applicants must appear in person at the consulate. First time applicants over the age of 12 must be interviewed. First time applicants over the age of 5 years must present evidence of their entire period of residence abroad upon application i.e. school records, work records, etc.
Replacement Social Security card applications require the same documentation as a first-time application.
Fee: There is no fee for applying for a Social Security card.
Once you have gathered your documents together you may book an appointment on-line. Please select "Request notarial and other services not listed above."
If you need to locate a missing Social Security number, you must appear in person with proper identification. If this is not possible, contact us for special instructions. The Social Security Administration (SSA) now follows this procedure in response to growing concerns about identity theft.
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